Sitagliptin belongs to a class of medication called dipeptidylpeptidase IV (DPP-4) inhibitors. It works by making the pancreas produce more insulin and less glucagon to control blood sugar level. It is indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Sitagliptin is taken orally as tablets. The usual dose is 100 mg once daily. A lower dose is used in patients with poor kidney function.
Common side effects of Sitagliptin include headache, upper respiratory infection, or nasopharyngitis. This medication does not cause weight gain.
People who are allergic to Sitagliptin or any component of the formulation.
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In Hong Kong, Sitagliptin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Sitagliptin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.